How to lay a path

How to lay a path with Blue Circle Cement

When laying a path using Blue Circle Cement, we recommend the following steps. This advice is designed to offer a general guide to help you create a strong and durable base for your patio.


2+ hours


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Safe working

Working safely on any project is the most important thing. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

Ensure you have the 'hands-on' skills to take on the project

Always read the label on the product packaging before starting

Always follow the product safety guidance before starting

Ensure you have the correct protective clothing for the job

Always be visible in your workspace

Materials and tools required for this job:

Gravel or hardcore

Wooden boards

Wooden stakes


Plastic sheeting


Spirit level




Safety gear

Online guide: How to lay a path

Remember to follow safety guidelines and wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves and safety glasses, when working with cement. Additionally, always check and follow the specific instructions provided by the Blue Circle cement manufacturer. Using our guidance is your own responsibility.

Step 1

Plan and Design
Measure and mark the path area, planning the layout and design of the path.

Step 2

Prepare the Area
Dig out the marked path area to a depth of about 6 inches to allow for a hardcore foundation layer and the concrete path upper layer.

Step 3

Construct formwork
Use wooden boards to create shuttering to contain the mixed concrete, ensuring it is level.

Step 4

Create a solid foundation
Pour a layer of hardcore or gravel into the excavated area. Level and compact the gravel foundation layer using the tamper.

Step 5

Mixing and Laying the Concrete
Following the instructions on the bag, mix the ready-to-use Blue Circle Multi-Purpose Concrete. Place the mixed concrete onto the gravel foundation, spreading it evenly with a shovel and level with a straight edge.

Clean your tools promptly after finishing to prevent any material from hardening on them.

Step 6

Curing the Path
Protect the concrete path from rain and frost and allow to cure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations before use.

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